As members of the Christian Science Society in Dixon IL, we enjoy working and praying together to meet the needs of our local and global communities in the spirit of unconditional love.
Our central focus is to provide inspiring Sunday worship services and Wednesday testimony meetings, but it doesn’t end there. Based on the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder Christian Science, we are seriously committed to healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, and casting out demons by faithfully applying Jesus’ teachings and methods. Admittedly, we have a long way to go before we fully master these skills, but we’re grateful for even modest demonstrations.
In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy writes: “Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dullness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.” (p. 34)
In the spirit of that discipleship, we invite one and all to explore the “infinite possibilities” of Christ. It takes time and effort, even struggle, to grow spiritually. It takes study and prayer and quiet listening. But with practice, this spiritual work can be woven into the moments of busy days.
We stand on the shoulders of those who pioneered the teachings of Christian Science in Dixon more than a century ago. Early on, two different groups held Christian Science services in Dixon. Later, they came together and formed an official branch of The First Church of Christ, in Boston, Massachusetts (or The Mother Church)..
The first Christian Science church edifice in Dixon was dedicated in 1927. It was built on “filled” land, which proved unsound. As the building settled gradually over many years, large cracks appeared in the interior, necessitating frequent remodeling.
Recently, it was discovered that the land was contaminated. (A fuel manufacturer had previously occupied the site.) The EPA required that the contamination be removed, and this necessitated removal of the 80 year-old edifice as well.
Work on the project began in 2010 and is still in progress. But Sunday services continue to be held at 11 a.m. and Wednesday meetings at 7:30 p.m. in a storefront at 324 West First Street. Join us there in person, or connect via conference call. Modern technology has made it possible for us to broadcast meetings in this way. So, at any given event, some people will be “in the room” where it’s actually taking place, while others are joining us by phone from Texas, Utah, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and sometimes even South Korea.
Like many other denominations in the late 1900s, the Dixon group’s membership diminished to the point where it no longer qualified for branch church status. Though still affiliated with The Mother Church in Boston, we are now a Christian Science Society.
It may surprise you that in the early 1900s, Mary Baker Eddy was the most famous woman in the United States and possibly the entire world. Whoa! If you’d like to know more, visit www.marybakereddylibrary.org.
While the building is under construction, we are meeting at 324 West First Street, Dixon. Come on over and join us! Our Sunday gatherings include Sunday School for kids and start at 11am. On Wednesdays at 7:30pm we hold “Prayer and Share” meetings. Come on over or if you prefer, join us by conference call – put on your comfy clothes and slippers, cozy up to a hot cup of tea and join us by dialing (805) 399-1200 then 235708#. This same number can be used to join our Sunday gatherings too.
Our email address is admin@ csdixon .com and our phone is (815) 408-0160 (leave a message and we’ll call you back as quickly as we can).
Attached below are our church bylaws and membership affirmation. We want to encourage everyone to join and participate in our healing services. You don’t have to be a member to contribute or participate. Bylaws Dixon Society June 2013